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Sunday, March 30, 2014

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE WAR OF 1812

Dodds, Gilbert F. Bibliography of the War of 1812: Commemorating the One Hundred And Fiftieth Anniversary of the War of 1812. Columbus, Ohio: Franklin County Historical Society & Museum, 1961.

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2014 GREATER ST. LOUIS HUMANITIES FESTIVAL

The St. Louis Public Library is proud to partner with the 2014 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival, the 2014 U.S. Grant Symposium, Cinema St. Louis, Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation, and the Missouri Humanities Council to present three outstanding programs in April and May 2014.

The 2014 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival celebrates the humanities in the St. Louis region by exploring the theme “Migration and Mobility.” Dr. Ronald C. White presents My Family is America on April 5 at 3 p.m. in Central Library. He discusses Ulysses S. Grant’s life and the nomadic nature of 19th-century American society. White is the author of A. Lincoln: A Biography and is currently writing a comprehensive biography of Grant, American Ulysses. He is a Fellow at the Huntington Library, a Visiting Professor of History at UCLA, and a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum. Co-sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council, and Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation in conjunction with the 2014 U.S. Grant Symposium.

Cinema St. Louis and the 2014 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival brings John Ford’s classic film The Grapes of Wrath to Central Library’s Auditorium on April 6 at 1:30 p.m. Gaylyn Studlar, the David May distinguished professor in the humanities and director of the Film and Media Studies Program at Washington University, introduces the movie. She is co-editor of the anthology “John Ford Made Westerns.” Co-sponsored by Cinema St. Louis and the 2014 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival.

The 2014 U.S. Grant Symposium program is co-sponsoring a discussion by Dr. John F. Marszalek on Warriors of the New Warfare, Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman that takes place on May 3 at 3 p.m. in Central Library’s Auditorium.

For more information on 2014 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival events, visit mohumanities.org.

For more information on the 2014 U.S. Grant Symposium, visit http://symposium.mocivilwar.org.

St. Louis Public Library's Calendar of Events and Catalog are here.

FINDING YOUR ANCESTORS ON THE MHM WEBSITE

Saturday, April 19
10:30am
FREE

Join Missouri History Museum Associate Archivist Dennis Northcott for an in-depth look at the many catalogs and guides on the Museum’s website.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

THE 35th DIVISION IN WORLD WAR I

Spaulding, Oliver Lyman. The Thirty Fifth Division 1917-1918: an Analytical Study. Washington D.C.: Army War College, 1922.

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REPORT OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL OF MISSOURI

Missouri. Office of the Adjutant General. Annual Report of the Adjutant General of Missouri. Jefferson City, Mo.: W.A. Curry, Public Printer, 1863-1866.

NOTE: Digitized reports available for 1862; 1864; and 1865.

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OFFICIAL REGISTER OF MISSOURI TROOPS FOR 1862

Missouri. Office of the Adjutant General. Official Register of Missouri Troops for 1862: Published by Authority. St. Louis: Adjutant General's Office, 1863.

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GSSI ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND BOOK FAIR 2014

Our June 14 meeting, which will feature the topic “Italian Immigration in Southern Illinois,” will be at the Herrin Public Library. Then, as usual, the Annual GSSI Conference and Book Fair will take place at the John A. Logan College Conference Center in August. Feature speaker for this all-day event on Saturday, August 9 will be Thomas MacEntee of Chicago, a genealogist who specializes in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research.

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FGS CONFERENCE 2014

Join us August 27-30, 2014, as together we experience four days of genealogical learning, networking, and discovery, deep in the heart of Texas. Our local co-hosts for 2014 are the Texas State Genealogical Society and the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society. Together we will continue our tradition of providing exceptional educational opportunities for genealogists from across the nation and beyond:

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

USING CIVILIAN RECORDS FOR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH IN THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Using Civilian Records for Genealogical Research In the National Archives. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2006.

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USING RECORDS IN THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES FOR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Using Records In the National Archives for Genealogical Research. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1990.

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HISTORIES OF AMERICAN ARMY UNITS

Dornbusch, C. E. Histories of American Army Units, World Wars I And II And Korean Conflict. Washington: Dept. of the Army, Office of the Adjutant General, Special Services Division, Library and Service Club Branch, 1956.

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VERMONT IN THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR

Vermont. Adjutant and Inspector General's Office. Vermont In the Spanish-American War. Montpelier: Capital City Press, 1929.

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MICHIGAN VOLUNTEERS OF '98

Michigan Volunteers of '98: a Complete Photographic Record of Michigan's Part In the Spanish-American War of 1898. Detroit, Mi: G. F. Sterling & Co., 1898.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

COLONIAL AMERICA AND THE WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE

Eakin, Joyce L. Colonial America And the War for Independence. Carlisle Barracks, Pa.: Dept. of Defense, Dept. of the Army, Army Military History Research Collection , 1976.

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ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD AND ILLINOIS NAVAL MILITIA

Military and Naval Dept. Historical Lineage: Illinois National Guard [and] Illinois Naval Militia. S.n.: Springfield, IL, 1953.

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RECORDS OF THE BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS

Finding aid for Ozark Division No. 83:

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RECORDS OF THE UNITED TRANSPORTATION UNION, 1921-1974

Finding aid for this labor organization (headquartered in Springfield, MO) formed from the merger of four railroad-related labor organizations. A majority of records involved cover the period 1962-1972:

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A VISION OF BRITAIN THROUGH TIME

A vision of Britain between 1801 and 2001, including digitized maps, election results, census reports, statistical trends and historical descriptions:

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NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND—MAP IMAGES

Access high-resolution zoomable images of over 86,000 maps of Scotland and beyond:

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THE CIVIL WAR CENTENNIAL

United States. Civil War Centennial Commission. The Civil War Centennial: a Report to the Congress. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1968.

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THE CIVIL WAR

Robertson, James I. The Civil War. Washington: U. S. Civil War Centennial Commission, 1963.

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THE SPIRIT OF THE SOUTH

Garrison, William Lloyd. The Spirit of the South Toward Northern Freemen And Soldiers Defending the American Flag Against Traitors of the Deepest Dye. Boston: R. F. Wallcut, 1861.

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OFFICIAL ARMY REGISTER

United States. War Dept. Official Army Register of the Volunteer Force of the United States Army for the Years 1861-1865. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1865.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

MISSOURI STATE ARCHIVES FINDING AIDS

Links to their large number of helpful finding aids:

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SPENCER’S ROSTER OF UPSTATE NEW YORK

Spencer, Alfred. Spencer's Roster of Native Sons (and Daughters): For Each Locality of Upstate New York a Roster of Its Eminent Sons And Daughters, From Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. Bath, N.Y.: The Courier Press, 1941.
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OLD MAPS ONLINE

The Old Maps Online Portal is an easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world. It allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. Search by typing a place-name or by clicking in the map window, and narrow by date. The search results provide a direct link to the map image on the website of the host institution.

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SALVATION ARMY INTERNATIONAL HERITAGE CENTRE

The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian church and registered charity. Founded by William Booth in East London in 1865, The Salvation Army now works in 126 countries. In the United Kingdom, The Salvation Army is one of the largest providers of social services.

The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre is the repository for the official records of the organisation’s International and Territorial Headquarters. The collections reflect the broad range and geographical scope of The Salvation Army’s work throughout its 150-year history, including records relating to work in Europe, South Asia, Africa and the Americas, social services, and the personal papers of Salvation Army officers.

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ARCHIVES HUB UK

Use the Archives Hub to find unique sources for your British research. The Archives Hub enables you to search across descriptions of archives held at over 220 institutions across the UK.

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SWEET DEAL FOR SWEDES

Free access to this Swedish roots archive this weekend only:

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FREE ACCESS TO IRISH COLLECTIONS

Discover the Irish in you with free access to select Ancestry.com collections.

Search newly released Irish collections to uncover details about your Irish heritage and find out how it all fits into your unique family story.

Free access ends March 17 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

WOMEN COME TO THE FRONT

Library of Congress. Women Come to the Front: Journalists, Photographers, And Broadcasters During World War II. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1995.

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FASTSTONE IMAGE VIEWER

Don’t like Zoner Photo Studio for whatever reason? FastStone Image Viewer is another great free app:

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ZONER PHOTO STUDIO FREE

Free photo editor and organizer—I’ve used it for several years now, and love it:

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PAPERS OF THE SECOND BOARD OF MISSOURI LAND COMMISSIONERS

Finding aid for the papers of original claimants before the Second Board of Missouri Land Commissioners (1785-1851), who were charged with determining the validity of French and Spanish land grants:

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PAPERS OF THE FIRST BOARD OF MISSOURI LAND COMMISSIONERS

Finding aid for the papers of original claimants before the First Board of Missouri Land Commissioners (1777-1851), who were charged with determining the validity of French and Spanish land grants:

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CULINARY COLLECTION

As the St. Louis Public Library’s Culinary Collection celebrates its 25th anniversary, we’d like to expand the section featuring menus. Menus are culinary and cultural time capsules: they tell us so much about what life was like at a specific moment in history.

If you have menus from St. Louis-area restaurants (either historical or still in business) or local cookbooks, please contact us at webref@slpl.org, or call 314.539.0370 to tell us about them.

If you prefer, simply mail your donations to:

St. Louis Public Library
Attention: Culinary Collection
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103-2325

Help the Library preserve and share this fascinating part of St. Louis history.

Thank you.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CIVIL WAR SITES TELL KENTUCKY’S STORY

As a key border state between North and South, Kentucky features many historically significant sites connected with the American Civil War. Two of the most fascinating and important of these are Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park and Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site.

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MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM 2014 CLASSES

Finding Your Ancestors on the Missouri History Museum Website

The Missouri History Museum’s Genealogy and Local History Index is a valuable resource for St. Louis family history research, but it’s not the only place to look. Join associate archivist Dennis Northcott for an in-depth look at the many catalogs and guides on the Missouri History Museum website.

When: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park)
How much: Free

View the 2014 schedule of genealogy and house history lectures and workshops.

CREATING DIGITAL FICTION TO COMPREHEND CIVIL WAR HISTORY

The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a grant of $2,400 to the Caldwell County Library-Kingston in support of the project “Creating Digital Fiction to Comprehend Missouri’s Western Civil War History”:

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RESEARCHER & SPEAKER LISTS

MoSGA is pleased to provide two new lists:

Researchers & Speakers

Persons listed are all MoSGA members:

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Monday, March 10, 2014

ILLINOIS SOLDIERS IN THE BLACK HAWK WAR AND THE MEXICAN WAR

Illinois. Military and Naval Dept. Record of the Services of Illinois Soldiers in the Black Hawk War, 1831-32, and in the Mexican War, 1846-48. Springfield, Ill.: H. W. Rokker, State Printer, 1882.

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OZARK LAND AND LUMBER COMPANY

Finding aid for records, ca. 1840-1962 (most 1891-1947):

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HISTORY OF BOONE COUNTY, MISSOURI

History of Boone County, Missouri. St. Louis: Western Historical Company, 1882.

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HISTORY OF COOPER COUNTY, MISSOURI

Johnson, William Foreman. History of Cooper County, Missouri. Topeka: Historical Pub. Co., 1919.

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SELF-PUBLISHING SURVIVAL GUIDE

Note: I have attended several classes taught by Mr. MacEntee, and I learned a lot and enjoyed myself at each one.

Have you ever wondered about self-publishing years worth of genealogy research, but didn't know the best platform to use (Lulu.com? Create Space?) or what formatting to use for your manuscript?

I was the same way . . . but I took the plunge a few years ago and since then I've self-published more than seven books on various sites. Lately my favorite is the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform. Why? Well, it is easy to find readers normally outside of the genealogy community who have an interest in researching their family history. Using Amazon KDP has really helped me, my business, and has provided an easy and cost-effective way to publish.

There are so many issues involved with publishing your own book! On the one hand, the technology available to self-publish has made it easier to get that book done. And on the other hand, it does take some tech knowledge and savvy to produce a great product. So . . .

Come join well-known genealogy educators Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee as they team up to offer a unique education event: Self-Publishing Survival Guide! On Saturday, 22 March 2014, you’ll be able to learn from two experts on how to take your written genealogical research and publish it in both print and e-book format.

Are you all ready to publish on your own, but you don’t know where to start and have these questions?

• What is the best self-publishing platform for me and my book?
• Should I use a service that handles book cover design, marketing and more . . . or can I really do this all on my own?
• Should I have a print version and an e-book version?
• What are the formatting and document preparation requirements for both print and e-book self-publishing?

You’ll receive over 3 hours of educational content, handouts and freebies for the low price of $12.95! You’ll also receive access to the recorded versions of each webinar for up to one year! Register by Monday, 17 March 2014 and receive $3 off the registration price for a low $9.95!

Space is limited and if you register but can’t attend, you’ll still receive the handouts, the freebies and access to the recordings!

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NAVIGATING ANCESTRY.COM

Navigating Ancestry.com - Saturday, March 15 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Through a partnership with subscription-based genealogy website Ancestry.com, the National Archives-KC is able to provide access to select digital records. The website contains a wealth of information, but unless you understand the structure and depth of the website, your search results will be limited. Learn about different databases and effective search strategies to uncover more about your ancestors. Patrons are encouraged to bring a Wi-Fi enabled device to use during class.

To make a reservation for this free workshop, please call 816-268-8000 or email us here.

Friday, March 07, 2014

RICHARDSON'S SOUTHERN GUIDE

Richardson, F. H. Richardson's Southern Guide: a Complete Handbook to the Beauty Spots, Historical Places, Noted Battlefields, Famous Resorts, Principal Industries And Chief Points of Interest of the South. Chicago: Monarch Book Company, 1905.

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HOW LIKELY IS YOUR LIFE?

In other words, in the grand scheme of things, how likely is it that you (as an infintesimal fly speck in a stupefyingly vast universe) happened to come into existence? Answer: it depends to a certain extent on your perspective, but to be perfectly blunt about it, exceedingly unlikely:

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FIND A GRAVE APP

Ancestry.com has released its free Find A Grave mobile app for iOS7, which lets you search the Find A Grave online cemetery database from your iPhone or iPad, as well as upload gravestone images and information to Find A Grave. The app also lets you request photos of gravestones from Find A Grave volunteers, and fill others' requests.

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FHL RESULTS ON WORLDCAT.ORG

According to the OCLC, which runs WorldCat, WorldCat now has links to more than a million items in FamilySearch's Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City. FamilySearch.org now links to catalog records in WorldCat.

LINK to Worldcat.org

That's great because it saves you time running searches on both sites, and gives you another great option for accessing genealogical information.

BLOG POST on this exciting news

Thursday, March 06, 2014

THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG, 1863

Drake, Samuel Adams. The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863. Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1898.

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HISTORIC VIEWS OF GETTYSBURG

Miller, Robert C. Historic Views of Gettysburg: Illustrations in Halftone of All the Important Views and Historical Places on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Gettysburg, Pa.: Jennie Wade Museum, 1901.

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THE LOCATION OF MONUMENTS, MARKETS AND TABLETS AT GETTYSBURG

United States. Gettysburg National Military Park Commission. The Location of the Monuments, Markets And Tablets On the Battlefield of Gettysburg. S.l.: s.n., 1903.

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UNLEASHING THE WOLF

“Unleashing the Wolf: The Archaeology of General Order No. 11” will be presented by adjunct professor Ann Raab at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Hudson Auditorium in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. A 6:30 p.m. reception in the Regnier Center will precede the event.

The event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

THE HARTWELLS OF AMERICA

Densmore, Lyman Willard. The Hartwells of America: a Genealogy of All the Hartwell Families of the United States And Canada. Saginaw, Mi: Printed by Hartwell-Lorenzen, 1956.

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THE CAMPAIGN OF TRENTON, 1776-77

Drake, Samuel Adams. The Campaign of Trenton, 1776-77. Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1895.

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IMAGINARY LOVER

A question for you: would you prefer to have a human partner who is physically abusive and constantly belittles you and downplays your achievements, or a computer simulated partner who loves you, respects you, and in every way (save physical existence) is the significant other you have always dreamed about having? This question is currently just a thought exercise—but in the not-so-far away future it will be a real choice:

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WAR DEPARTMENT PAPERS

Fire destroyed the War Department office in 1800. For decades historians believed that its files, and the window they provide into the early federal government, had been lost forever. This collection unites copies of the lost files in a digital archive that reconstitutes this invaluable historical resource.

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FREE NCGS WEBINAR

Free Viewing: 21-23 March 2014

New NCGS Webinar by Helen F. M. Leary, CG (Emeritus), F.A.S.G.
PROVING PARENTAGE WITH PROBATE RECORDS: NORTH CAROLINA INHERITANCE LAWS AND CUSTOMS

In this webinar, Helen F. M. Leary, CG (Emeritus), FASG, details where to look for land records and why they are important. North Carolina inheritance law and probate are explained. Ms. Leary also discusses the process of land acquisition and transfer including the interpretation of deeds and grants. Analysis of the evidence found in these documents can yield clues to your ancestor’s prior location and familial relationships. These may be the solution you have been looking for to solve your genealogical brick wall.

After the 23rd of March, Proving Parentage With Probate Records: North Carolina Inheritance Laws and Customs will only be available on the website to NCGS members as a member benefit. It may also be purchased as a CD from the NCGS online bookstore. Handouts are included in the member section of the website and with the purchased CD. Handouts are not included with the free webinars.

Additional information on probate and land records can be found in chapters 2, 12, and 13, North Carolina Research--Genealogy and Local History, which is available in the NCGS online store.

GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES OF BREHM LIBRARY

Next General Meeting
Saturday, March 22, 2014
C. E. Brehm Memorial Library
101 S. 7th Street
Mt. Vernon
1:00 p.m.
Speaker: Joy Upton

The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois will hold a general meeting at the Mt. Vernon C. E. Brehm Memorial Library on Saturday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. Joy Whitson Upton, well known area genealogist, will discuss the “Genealogical Resources of Brehm Library.”

The Library has an extensive genealogical collection and also houses the Illinois DAR State Genealogical Library. It is one of the outstanding genealogical libraries in the state. Ms. Upton, a “retired” librarian who catalogued many of the GSSI genealogy books at the JALC Library, is currently the Illinois State DAR Genealogical Records Chairman and will become the Illinois State DAR Librarian in July.

Many who work diligently on genealogy may not be fully aware of the many resources at Brehm. The Genealogy Section, located on the ground floor, has a staff genealogy librarian. GSSI will meet in the nearby community meeting room.

All GSSI general meetings are open to anyone interested in genealogy. Presenter Joy Upton teaches genealogical research classes at JALC and has given many programs and workshops for GSSI. On February 21, she conducted a one day seminar on DNA in Genealogical Research at the JALC Alongi Attendance Center at Du Quoin.

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Sunday, March 02, 2014

JÄHRLICHES GENEALOGISCHES HAND-BUCH

Jährliches Genealogisches Hand-Buch. Frankfurt and Leipzig: 1730:

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THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST

Whitmore, William Henry. The American Genealogist: Being a Catalogue of Family Histories And Publications Containing Genealogical Information Issued In the United States, Arranged Chronologically. [2d ed.] Albany: J. Munsell, 1868.

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WORLD WAR II: THE MEDITERRANEAN THEATER

United States. Dept. of the Army. Office of Military History. United States Army in World War II: the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. Washington: Office of the Chief of Military History, Dept. of the Army, 1957-1977.

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U.S. GRANT’S HAT TRICK

The three-star rank of lieutenant general, previously awarded only to George Washington, was revived under a law intended to bestow the honor on Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant:

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MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

The following sources have recently been added to the Missouri History Museum’s Genealogy and Local History Index:

1. Citian (yearbook of the St. Louis City Hospital Training School for Nurses), 1957

2. "The Warr-ior: The Bulletin of the St. Louis Training School for Nurses Alumnae," 1908, 1932-1967

3. Program for the Mid-Western Labor Conference, sponsored by the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, 1940, St. Louis, Missouri

MISSOURI DEATH CERTIFICATES DATABASE UPDATE

The Missouri State Archives' Death Certificates database is one of the most valuable Show Me State genealogical resources. Death certificates for 1963 were recently added to the database, which now covers 1910-1963:

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BLACKS IN BLUE

Visitors made the trek to Arrow Rock to attend the presentation of "Blacks in Blue in the Civil War from Kansas and Missouri" by historian Joe Louis Mattox on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 15.

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